Why did I have to read these so fast? Now there are no more cave-bear books.
Sandra Burr. Listen to her performance of these books, if you get the chance.
I feel I have already reviewed this series. I think before I ever read them again I will try to find pictures of the places, the caves, the types of people that these books are about. It would be cool if Jean M. Auel could write a companion picture book. I must admit to having my curiosity piqued about the preherstoric times, when womyn were warriors. I am glad that the author spent so much time researching for these stories. Her knowledge of the geography, flora and fauna made the world of Ayla come to life.
If you haven't read these yet, you owe it to yourself. If you have read them, trek back to the Caves.
I like how she changes her voice from one character to another. Very good.
Donna Lee Walker
Yes I think it is better ... Jean writes to make you feel like you are right there.
too many to mention
I think the name is just right
Continuing saga, probably best enjoyed by fans of the series, as the book is extremely long and detailed. I'm really glad I listened to it rather than reading the sometimes ponderous detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, as I have all the others, because the author does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and giving them believable adventures in a unique prehistoric environment.
I was hesitant to buy this title because the reviews weren't that good, but after listening to the Shelters of Stone - I wanted to learn what happened to Ayla and Jondalar. I love the detail and feel it is necessary to understanding the story. After all, this is prehistoric times, and the detail really adds a lot to the story. I hope Jean Auel has 1 more novel left in the history of the Earth's Children.
I have loved this story since her first book came out. This was a wonderful continuation of the story. Lots of repetition for anyone familiar with the story but when it gives you new stuff it is so worth the wait. I hope she continues to add to the story.
I really don't understand all the bad reviews. She repeats herself less in this last book than she did in her others. Her others were sooooo slow at some points and this one really had a bit more story to it. It was more like the first book to me. If you are trying to decide if you should buy this I would say go for it. It was worth it to me!!
I was fortunate to have Jean Auel's previous books in audio, so I was able to listen to those first before jumping into Land of Painted Caves. Had I not done that, my opinions may be much different. The cadence in this book was pretty much the same as the previous books. I think Jean Auels books are more about the anthropology, archaeology and evolution of the people of that time period as opposed to the life and love story of Ayla. I enjoyed the book much like I did her previous novels. I have read much better books but what can I say, I am a fan. I am glad I purchased Land of Painted Caves as I intend to return to the series someday. Regardless, without giving too much away, it left me with more questions than I had at the end of the last book. This is one you will need to judge for yourselves.
I loved the Clan of the Cave Bear series, and this book is good, just not great. I felt like there was a lot of repetition and more details about life in this time/era than actual story and drama until the very end. Could have used more plot.
Narrator did a good job with the voices.
I started reading this series when I was still in High School and am now 40 years old. I love this series and it will remain one of my favorite reads, but I found the last few books very hard to read/listen to. The repetition started to cause me to 'zone out.' I was a bit disappointed in this last book since I watched the short "movie" preview on Auel's website. This book ended the journey, but I don't feel that it brought any closure. I would have at least liked in Ayala's "calling" that she could have helped us see what became of her Clan and son. And with the "trouble" that happened in this book with Jondalar I felt like I was re-reading The Mammoth Hunters in parts. But, I still love the series overall, but would love to have seen this end with a look at the Clan in some way.